Maximizing Productivity during Graduate School

Learning Services and Graduate Student Life present “Maximizing Productivity during Graduate School,” a workshop series designed specifically for Mason graduate students. We know you have limited time and are balancing school along with multiple life commitments. In these workshops, learn how to make the most of the time and energy you have while working toward your graduate degree.

To view upcoming workshops in this series, head to our Graduate Student Life events page.

Graduate School Reading Strategies

In the first workshop of the series, Graduate School Reading Strategies, learn techniques for reading research articles, texts, and other literature to increase comprehension and application of knowledge in an efficient way.

Watch a recording of this session here.

Online Course Strategies

While online courses offer students flexibility and convenience, they can present their own set of challenges. Join us for a workshop to learn how to manage your time, how to learn in an online environment, and how to use self-regulation strategies to achieve your academic goals.

Watch a recording of this session here.

Overcoming Procrastination

Do you find yourself constantly putting off projects, assignments, or commitments? You may be caught in the “not now, later” trap. Learn the reasons why you might be putting off your work and strategies for how to break out of the procrastination cycle.

Watch a recording of this session here.

The Perils of Perfectionism in Grad School

While perfectionism seems like a worthy trait to have because it involves hard work and meticulousness, it has its downsides. Pursuing perfection is stressful and time consuming and can actually result in poor academic performance. This session will explore the perils of perfectionism and assist participants in setting more realistic goals.

Motivation and Goal-Setting

If you are feeling overwhelmed with a project, thesis, or dissertation and don’t know where to start, join us at for the Motivation and Goal-Setting workshop. This workshop will help you think through the big projects you have ahead and plan out smaller goals to make steady progress toward completion.

Project Planning: Getting Your Research, Thesis, or Dissertation Done  (a part of GRADReCon: Graduate Research Connections)

This session will provide you with strategies for managing large projects such as research projects, community service events, and dissertations. Learn how to define the scope of your project, identify resources, create a timeline, and keep everything organized.

Scheduling and Time Management

Pre-recorded sessions

Do you feel like you have too much on your plate, and not enough time to do it all? Do you worry that you spend too much or too little time studying? Learn the skills of successful time management and increase your ability to balance graduate school with your other commitments.Watch them here:

Time Management – Semester Deadlines and Exams

Time Management – Weekly Routine
Time Management – Daily Preparation